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ban·yan

also ban·ian  (băn′yən)
n.
A tropical Indian fig tree (Ficus benghalensis), often widely spreading because of the many aerial roots that descend from the branches and develop into additional trunks. It is planted for ornament and shade.

[Short for banyan tree, merchants' tree, from Portuguese banian, Hindu merchant, from Gujarati vāṇiyo, from Sanskrit vāṇijaḥ; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

banyan

(ˈbænjən) or

banian

n
1. (Plants) a moraceous tree, Ficus benghalensis, of tropical India and the East Indies, having aerial roots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a member of the Hindu merchant caste of N and W India
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a loose-fitting shirt, jacket, or robe, worn originally in India
[C16: from Hindi baniyā, from Sanskrit vānija merchant]

ban•yan

(ˈbæn yən)

n.
an East Indian fig tree, Ficus benghalensis, of the mulberry family, having branches that send out adventitious roots to the ground and sometimes cause the tree to spread over a wide area.
[1590–1600; < Portuguese (perhaps < Arabic) < Gujarati vāṇiyo member of the merchant caste; allegedly after a particular tree of the species near which merchants had built a booth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banyan - East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunksbanyan - East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
fig tree - any moraceous tree of the tropical genus Ficus; produces a closed pear-shaped receptacle that becomes fleshy and edible when mature
2.banyan - a loose fitting jacketbanyan - a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India
jacket - a short coat
Translations
شَجَرَةُ الأثاب: تينُ البِغال
banyán
banyantræ
baniano
banianviikuna
बटबड़बरगतबरगदवट
indiai fügeindiai fügefa
fíkjutré
bengalinis fikusas
banjans
banianfigowiec bengalski
banyan
banjanбањан
Hint inciri
برگتبرگدبٹبڑوٹ

banyan (tree)

nBengalische Feige, Banyan m

banyan

(ˈbӕnjən) noun
a tree that grows on wet land, with branches that have hanging roots that grow down and start new trunks.
References in classic literature ?
At this moment, they had to raise the balloon so as to pass over a forest of trees that were more than three hundred feet in height--a kind of ancient banyan.
The height of these banyans is really remarkable, my dear Dick; and yet, they would be nothing astonishing in the New World.
Here, hiding new trail, Binu Charley had carried him for a quarter of a mile into the heart of the deepest jungle, and hidden him in a big banyan tree.
Nalasu would give Jerry a series of instructions, such as, going on a scout by himself, to go to the nest, then circle about it widely, to continue to the other clearing where were the fruit trees, to cross the jungle to the main path, to proceed down the main path toward the village till he came to the great banyan tree, and then to return along the small path to Nalasu and Nalasu's house.
That night, crawling in among the twisted roots of a banyan tree, he had slept from exhaustion while the mosquitoes had had their will of him.
There stood an empty bullock-cart on a little knoll half a mile away, with a young banyan tree behind - a look-out, as it were, above some new-ploughed levels; and his eyelids, bathed in soft air, grew heavy as he neared it.
Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.
Because he painted the trees I see about me every day, the cocoa-nuts, the banyans, the flamboyants, the alligator-pears, I have seen them ever since differently, as though there were in them a spirit and a mystery which I am ever on the point of seizing and which forever escapes me.
Our instructed vagrancy, which was hardly time to linger by the hedgerows, but runs away early to the tropics, and is at home with palms and banyans,--which is nourished on books of travel and stretches the theatre of its imagination to the Zambesi,--can hardly get a dim notion of what an old-fashioned man like Tulliver felt for this spot, where all his memories centred, and where life seemed like a familiar smooth-handled tool that the fingers clutch with loving ease.
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